World War One Words Starting With the Letter S
Sandbag - A bag which is filled with mud and used for building
Salvage - Among WW1 soldiers, to take without asking, to steal, as in "Let's salvage that case of wine." Salvage was the First World War's equivalent of WW2's "liberate".
Sentry go - Time on guard in the front trench, or at rest at
Shell hole - A pit made by the explosion of a shell.
Shell Shock - a condition of severe psychological trauma suffered by some soldiers who experienced fighting. Soldiers suffering shell shock were completely disabled and often unresponsive and catatonic.
Sommobiches - What the French sometimes called the Yanks because of their habit of saying "son of a bitch" in almost every sentence.
Souvenir - Any kind of junk picked up for keepsakes. Also used as a begging word by the French children.
Stand to - Order for all men to stand ready in the trench in event of a surprise attack, usually at sundown and sunrise.
Stand down - Countermanding "stand to."
Stokes - A bomb weighing about eleven pounds usually thrown
from a mortar, but sometimes used by hand.
Strafing - One of the few words Tommy has borrowed from Fritz.
Suicide club - The battalion bombers.